What To Do If Your Air Conditioning System Experiences Flooding or Hail Damage

April 26, 2016

While your air conditioning unit is built to withstand the weather, including precipitation and hail damage, occasionally you need to call your air conditioning repair technician to inspect potential damage. If your AC system sits in standing water, due to storms or other unexpected issues, it can cause serious damage to the moving parts and electrical components. The water usually has to reach about 12-15 inches in depth to affect your AC system, but if there has been any flooding whatsoever, call Comfortech Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for a safety inspection right away.

If intense rainfall or flooding caused your air conditioning unit to sit in standing water, there are a few things we advise doing to avoid additional damage or dangerous situations:

  • Turn off all the electrical switches for your air conditioning system. If you are not comfortable doing this, you can call your air conditioning service technician to help assist you with the process.
  • Allow your AC system to dry out. Remove any standing water if possible and cautiously clear any debris from the immediate area.
  • Do not turn on your air conditioning system until a professional AC inspection has been completed. Call Comfortech Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and ensure your equipment will operate safely and effectively with a full AC safety inspection.

REMEMBER: Do not cover your outdoor HVAC systems with a tarp. This can actually cause more problems, including not allowing the system to air out completely and remove moisture, possibly causing rust or other damage.

In addition to April showers, spring tends to bring hail storms, too. Every year thousands of commercial and residential air conditioners are in need of repair because of hail. While you can usually see obvious damage from the outside, you may not realize that the damage inside the air conditioner may be causing restricted air flow, hindering the performance of the system. Sometimes you can fix the AC unit more easily, by combing the fins or replacing the coil, but an insurance company’s claim breakdown showed that around a tenth of AC systems damaged by hail had to be completely replaced.

High winds tend to accompany storms and while your air conditioning unit probably won’t get wind damage, other items picked up by the wind, like tree limbs, trash cans, or unattached enclosures, can be thrown, damaging your air conditioner.

For a full air conditioning inspection and safety check, call Comfortech Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today and we’ll make sure your air conditioning unit is running safely and efficiently. Help keep your home safe during storm season and make sure to follow these guidelines if your area is under a serious storm warning.

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